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The Blue Medina of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen Medina

Though I’d heard the word a lot while planning my trip, I didn’t understand what a medina was until I stepped into one. It’s an old city. Walled off, you often enter through a clay gate. The walls are beige or brown or clay-colored. But not in Chefchaouen.

The walls, the steps, the roofs of many of the buildings in the Chefchaouen medina are painted a light shade of blue. It’s very soothing and it keeps the temperature cool.

Chefchaouen, in a word, is relaxing. Whether because it’s a small town in the Rif mountains, or because of the blue medina, I can’t say.

Chefchaouen medina, blue

Chefchaouen medina, blue


Medina, with pots

Medina, alley

Blue Medina, stairs


  1. Sasha says:

    Oh wow these pics totally blow me away!!! STUNNING!!! They really need to be framed and on a wall, one day I must see this for real!!! :)

  2. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful!! I love all the blue, makes for some interesting pictures.

  3. Adam says:

    Yep, I'm a sucker for colors and this place just blew me away.

  4. Adam says:

    Thanks Shannon,
    This was one of my favorite medinas to get lost in—even though it was on the side of a hill and there was a lot of walking up & down.

  5. Adam says:

    Aw thanks Sasha!

    Chefchaouen was a really nice place. It was a great little mountain town to spend a day or two.

  6. ShannonOD says:

    Wow – that city is GORGEOUS! What a beautiful town to spend some days walking around :-)

  7. adventurouskate says:

    LOVE those pictures! What a cool place.

  8. Lynette says:


  9. backpackingmatt says:

    Wow, beautiful pictures! What a place to wander and take photos.

  10. That's a lot of blue! It looks really pretty but, even though blue is my favourite colour, I think it would drive me nuts to stare at so much blue all day!

    Great collection of photos.

  11. Adam says:

    Cool in every way! Cheers Kate

  12. monica530 says:

    Incredible photos Adam! I can't wait to see this place with my own eyes one day. Hope you're staying healthy & safe in your travels. No more golf ball eyes please. :)

  13. Adam says:

    Haha thanks Monica! I've been more careful lately… And finally wearing
    my contacts again!

  14. Adam says:

    Thanks mate!

    It might get a little tiring looking at all the blue but it's just so calming I don't think it comes easily!

  15. Adam says:

    Yup, Matt! A photographer's dream.

  16. Adam says:

    Aww thanks Lynette!

    Absolutely a stunning place. Love the Mediterannean!

  17. Daniel says:

    Exquisite shots! Love the interplay of light and all of those shades of blue! Excellent — thanks for sharing!

  18. These are amazing pictures, but I agree with the blue driving me crazy after a while. This really is lovely though. Thank you for sharing. :)

  19. Adam says:

    No problem, Daniel. Mediterranean light is probably the best in the world! No wonder Chefchaouen is known as an center of art.

  20. Adam says:

    Thanks Candice!

  21. Adam says:

    Thanks Erica…. It is beyond a doubt a beautiful town.

  22. Candice Walsh says:

    Wow Adam, this is freaking stunning.

  23. Gourmantic says:

    Gorgeous blues! I love how some of these images take us there…

  24. Dustin Main says:

    Looks like it would be a blast to shoot. I'll have to put it on my hit list when I arrive in Morocco later this year. Nice pics Adam.

  25. Ted Beatie says:

    We missed Chefchaouen when we were there a few years ago, but it's on our list for this year!

  26. flexeble says:

    Nice photos and an interesting albeit short story. Thanks!

  27. Christine says:

    I didn’t know Medina had Moorish significance until I traveled to Morocco myself…and it’s my last name! Great pics, great always! :)

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  32. Patrick says:

    I could spend an entire day photographing this place… Very nice.

    • Adam says:

      It’s truly a wonderful city to spend some time in. One of the best places to get lost!

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